Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Excellence in Literature-TOS Review

English I: Introduction to Literature
Grades 8-12
$29 + shipping for the 132 paged print book
$27 for the e-book
Excellence in Literature - Reading and Writing Through the Classics

This is such an interesting program I enjoyed it much more then my kids did but they are in 4th and 6th grade so when they are a little bit older I think they will really LOVE it.  Since my kids are little bit too young we just worked on the short stories chapter and briefly skimmed the rest of the book.  We enjoyed all of the sensory input that Excellence in Literature gave to our stories, she includes art and music which seems to just bring everything together for a well rounded view of what you have been reading.  They start with an overview of how to read a book and then how to read fiction, poems, a comedy and tragedy, and even challenging literature which was very helpful to both of my children.  This is an EXCELLENT program and I highly recommend it.  Literature was one of my favorite subjects in jr. high, high school and college and I belive the reason is because I had a wonderful lit teacher in 8th grade that instilled a love for literature,  she taught us all about Macbeth by Shakespeare and took us to see the play and that sealed it for me, I fell in love with literature.  This program reminds me of that teacher and can help your children fall in love with literature also!

  In 2 years when Makenzie is in 8th grade I believe she will be able to follow this program easily on her on with a little help from me here and there.

Here is what's included the unit studies, I love that there is an honor's track too!

Unit 1: Short Stories 

Unit 2: Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne 
Honors: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Unit 3: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
Honors: The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

Unit 4: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë 
Honors: Shirley or Villette by Charlotte Brontë 

Unit 5: Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw 
Honors: Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot

Unit 6: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Honors: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Unit 7: Animal Farm by George Orwell
Honors: 1984 by George Orwell

Unit 8: The Tempest by William Shakespeare 
Honors: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare 

Unit 9: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Honors: The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan 

One of my favorite quotes

"Some books are meant to be tasted, some swallowed, and some few digested..."

Thanks for reading,

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